Hiking Heroes in El Chalten

Location location: El Chalten, Argentina

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I’ll let you in on a secret: I am a terrible sportsperson.

I wish I was one of those super fit Australians who surf on their weekends and do triathlons in their spare time.  But there is a clear reason why I was a drama and music geek at school; I sucked at sports!

So when we went hiking up Mount Fitz Roy in El Chalten for 9 hours, I may have had a couple of mental breakdowns climbing up and down the mountain. (Seriously!)

Lucky for me, I had a wonderful support team to get me through the day:

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Danny – experienced mountain man and champion boyfriend.

And Pablo and Maria – two Argentine friends who were so lovely and patient to wait for me to catch up to them all day.

I left my trekking pants in Ushuaia meaning that I had to wear my gringo pyjama pants instead.  Put it this way, if I got lost on the mountain, the helicopters would definitely be able to see me from a far distance!

Say hello to the Pink Panther …

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We made our way across to the snowy plains and icy cold creeks, looking upwards at incredible peaks.

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

(Pablo is an amazing photographer and was generous enough to share his photos – like the one above – you can check out his Flickr profile here.)

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Then we started to really climb up the mountain.

Where I may have fallen and face-planted myself into the snow a couple of times!

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

I had to concentrate really hard on where I was stepping.

But Danny?  Well he just glided up the mountain with his smug smile on his face.

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Not fair.

Two hours (and a few tears) later, we arrived at the Laguna de Los Tres.

It’s the most beautiful viewpoint in the El Chalten tracks, with spectacular sights of the Fitz Roy peak towering above.

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

This little bird was gloating about arriving at the Laguna before us.

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

Nobody likes a show-off.

So I decided not to share my sandwich with him.

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

I was cold and miserable and tired at the time, but in hindsight, this was one of the most gorgeous views I have seen.

Hiking back down the mountain was a bit different than getting up.

It started like this.

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

Then we just fell on our asses and slid down the ice for the rest of the way down.

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We all made it down to the bottom in one piece!

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And walked back to town via more beautiful scenery.

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el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

el chalten, hiking, fitzroy, blog, argentina, patagonia

It was dark by the time we got back to town.

Probably my fault for dawdling behind and not being a fitter person.  Promise to exercise and get fit before the next big hike!

6 thoughts on “Hiking Heroes in El Chalten

  1. Winnie, great story, great photos, great day… I’m really happy to have met you both… Keep relating us your fantastics trips, so far, you’re doing spectacular!
    p.s. I’ve forgotten how snowy was it…. brrrrr Too cold….

  2. OMG! That up and Down on the Snow was really hard but we did it!!! As i told u back there…now u r prepared to do any kind of hike!! Hehe
    was Great meeting u guys!! :)

  3. Haha I think so, Mount Everest next right?! A great day with great company!

  4. Thanks Pablo, I’m keeping up with your amazing photos of Argentina too. Now it’s getting cold in Buenos Aires too…!

  5. Hi Olivia,

    I’m just curious what time of year it was when you did this hike? Some friends and I are visiting the area early May, and are a little fearful of being snowed out, but this looks relatively do-able.

    Thanks!

  6. Hi Allison, we did the hike in mid April and the cold was very manageable (speaking as an Aussie who is used to warm weather!) – it was around 0 degrees celsius. Early May might still be okay – good luck with your trip planning!

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